International Honorary Degree Recipients
USU honorary degree recipients are awarded their degrees based on contribution to society. Many recipients are international professionals, excelling in their field and are tremendously influential in contributing to a better world.
Don J. Wang: Don Wang received an honorary degree, Doctor of Agriculture, during the 131st Commencement. Wang is a USU College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences alumnus who has been instrumental in connecting USU faculty and students with people and programs at universities in Taiwan. He has distinguished himself as a dedicated community leader, in particular helping to better conditions for Asian immigrants, especially those who emigrated from Taiwan and China.
Mario J. Molina: An outstanding example of contribution to society is Mario J. Molina. The native to Mexico received the Nobel Prize in 1995 for his incredible research into the depletion of the ozone layer. For this and many other achievements, Molina was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Atmospheric Science by Utah State University during the 109th Commencement.
Shiego Shingo: Shigeo Shingo is another outstanding example of influential achievement. Shingo was one of the world’s leading experts in improving manufacturing processes. He is known for helping Toyota become the most productive automobile manufacturer in the world. He was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Management by USU during the 95th Commencement, with the university later incorporating the Shingo Prize. The Shingo Institute, his namesake and part of Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at USU includes various educational offerings, a focus on research and a growing international network.